Brighton boss Graham Potter says there is a calmness around the club which has propelled the club forward despite the loss of key players.
The Seagulls kicked off their sixth straight season with a historic 2-1 win over Manchester United.
It was the perfect way to start the season as they finished last in ninth, the highest position in their entire history, and came to Tottenham and defender despite the loss of central midfielder Yves Bissouma. Marc Cucurella to Chelsea for a combined £87.5 million.
That departure, which came after the highly respected football director Dan Ashworth was placed on garden leave before taking on a similar role at Newcastle, may have threatened instability at what is recognized as one of the Premier League’s most stable clubs.
But Potter had no idea as he reflected on Brighton’s first-ever win over Old Trafford, just three months after Brighton had condemned Manchester United to an embarrassing defeat. 4-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium.
“Losing the players we have does have an impact, but inside the club is quite calm,” said Potter.
“You have to scratch your head because the clubs that bought Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella valued them at a pretty high price, which suggests they are good players. And you need good players to win games in the Premier League, because it’s hard.”
“But I always think the collective idea is more important than any individual.”
The issue for Brighton, as for any club of similar size, is how to keep ahead in a league where six clubs have so much funding and others, like Newcastle, can draw on a huge fan base alongside fresh investment from Saudi Arabia. .
Brighton may have an excellent modern stadium, but it is in the lower third of the Premier League in terms of capacity. They have invested £20m in a fantastic training ground at Lancing, which is an attraction for potential newcomers.
However, as has been the case this summer, they run the risk of clubs with bigger budgets going after their players, which puts the emphasis on making good on their recruiting.
“You have to try to make progress every day and not look too much at the bigger picture,” Potter said. “I have a fantastic group of players here, who have ambition and desire and want to move forward.
“They give everything every day and I try to help them improve.
“It’s not that easy to lose players, but we understand why we have them and how the fees can help the club move forward.
“A club like us has to take two positions; fight for the points every day because it’s very tough, and have ambition and believe you can win and try to challenge.”